Ajah is one of the popular areas in Lagos state, Nigeria. It is among the top areas in the Lagos Island half of the state. Ajah is part of the areas under the Eti-Osa local government area of Lagos state. It is situated along the Lekki axis.
This part of Lagos is in close proximity with Lekki and about 30 to 40 minutes drive to Victoria Island. Like most places on the Island, Ajah is surrounded by the Atlantic ocean. Ajah, unlike its neighbouring areas, is relatively cheap and often regarded as one of the border towns of Lagos.
Ajah is considered one of the best places to start a family. Unlike other areas such as Lekki, Ikoyi and Victoria Island, Ajah is a mix of both upper-class and middle-class citizens. One of the best parts of living in Ajah is that there are constant power supply and access to local markets.
Though it is one of the popular areas in Lagos, and as much, a lot must have been written about it. However, the article is a complete guide and a couple of things to know about Ajah.
- 1 Overview of Ajah
- 2 What Is It Like To Live In Ajah?
- 3 Popular Places In Ajah
- 4 Getting Around Ajah
- 5 Things To Do In Ajah
- 6 Where To Eat In Ajah
Overview of Ajah
Ajah is definitely one of the fast growing communities in Lagos. Before now, this particular area of Lagos was largely unoccupied. It was a case of another vast land along the Lekki axis. However, the changes started when Chevron moved into the area.
It is also the same company that funds the Lekki Conservation Centre. Gradually, people began to move into the area as they noticed development. It has not looked back since, as it continues to grow. The construction of the ongoing Lekki Free Trade Zone (LFTZ) is another reason why Ajah has become the centre of attraction.
Another notable achievement in Ajah is the recently completed flyover bridge. Before then, the area is considered one of the worst places to be especially at peak hours. This was due to the heavy hold-ups. It has, however, improved since the bridge was commissioned.
What Is It Like To Live In Ajah?
It is true that living on the Lagos Island can be very expensive when compared to the Lagos Mainland. This is often times the case with places like Lekki, Ikoyi and Victoria Island. These 3 areas are arguably the most popular area on the Lagos Island.
They are home to some of Nigeria’s luxurious real estate properties. Victoria Island, for example, is host to some of the country’s top hotel brands. It is same with Ikoyi and Lekki who also boasts of some of the finest estates in Nigeria.
It only affirms the claim that the Lagos Island is for the rich. Though the statement is true, it can only be to some extent and some places on the Island. There are certain places, even in Lekki, that you do not need to be super rich in order to live there.
There are some parts of Lekki and its environs like Ajah that are affordable and suitable for all classes. Ajah is definitely one place where you can find all classes of people. Hence, there is a wide range of properties in the area. The area consists of several gated and serviced estates as well as non-serviced estate.
It is not uncommon to see houses for sale in Ajah as it is one of the most sorts out places to live. For instance, the gated estates are equipped with necessary facilities like security, constant power supply, water, interlocked roads among others. On the other hand, the non-gated estates well secured also and considered suitable for the middle and lower citizens.
Also, there are a considerable amount of lands for sale in Ajah as it is a place for the future. That is, with lots of investors investing in the Lekki axis areas, Ajah will definitely be a sort out place for work and living. All in all, this part of Lagos is one of the best places to live in Lagos.
Popular Places In Ajah
Addo Road is definitely one of the major roads in Ajah. The entrance of the road is the Ajah bus stop which was formerly referred to as Ajah roundabout. It is also one of the longest roads in the community as well as a linking road to other parts of Ajah.
The Addo road is host to several businesses – ranging from banks to stores to hotels. No wonder it is one of the busiest roads in the area. One of the notable place along this road is the Olumegbon Palace which is directly after the Ajah bus stop.
Langbasa. This is definitely another popular area in Ajah with entrance at Addo roundabout. It is directly after Badore. Like most of the areas in Ajah, the roads here are interlocked. This particular area links other parts of the community together.
It is one of the places with a large number of low-income earners. The Langbasa area is usually busy because of the people who sell in the area, starting from the Addo roundabout. There is the presence of a police station here – the Langbasa Police Station.
Badore is another popular area in Ajah. It is one of those places that can boast of a well-tarred road, with good drainage channels on both times. This particular area in Ajah is host to the Nipost office. There are also quite a number of estates in this same area.
Some of the estates in Ajah include: Royal Palm Estate, Seaside Estate, Palm Crescent Estate, Vina Estate, Commonwealth Estate, Rockstone Ville Estate, Allied Gardens Estate, Peaceville Estate, Dockville Estate, Platinum Estate, Mega Estate, Silver Point Estate and Greenville Estate.
Getting Around Ajah
As mentioned earlier, Ajah like many other places in Lagos has its own fair share of Lagos traffic. The traffic situation in the area is always a thing of concern. Though it has reduced to some extent since the flyover bridge was commissioned. Therefore, if you are visiting the area for the first time, knowing when to visit will save you lots of stress.
How then do you best get around Ajah without facing the stress and holdups that the Lekki-Epe Express Road poses? One major cause of the holdup is the large population of people in the area. This is why going out as peak hours – early hours in the morning and late in the evening – are always stressful.
It is, however, easy when you know your way around the area and the best means of transportation. It will save you lots of physical stress; especially in worse cases that you might end up spending 2 to 3 hours on the road. The tips below do not mean you won’t get stuck in traffic sometimes, but it will help you prepare.
By Commercial Bus
Commercial buses are arguably the most commonly used means of transportation in Lagos. It is no different here in Ajah. The buses in this part of Lagos are painted, unlike the traditional yellow and black striped buses in Lagos. The buses ply major roads like the Lekki-Epe express road. They are quite cheap and the prices are fixed.
A typical bus in Ajah conveys about 14 people per trip. It is also usually with a conductor who calls out the bus stops for passengers. For anyone who hasn’t visited Ajah before, you can choose to listen to the conductor or tell him your destination and constantly remind him also.
Motorcycles are another means of getting around in Ajah. Popularly known as Okada, it is one of the most used and reliable means of transport when you need to get to a place urgently. Though they are quite expensive when compared to buses.
Also, it is important to remember that the government has banned Okada from major highways. Though they are allowed to operate within Ajah.
Tricycles are fast becoming one of the most popular means of transportation in Lagos. The reason though is because most of the Okada riders switched to tricycle when the government banned Okadas. They tend to be cheaper and reliable. Unlike the buses, you don’t have to wait for 14 passengers. The total number of passengers for a tricycle is 4.
Things To Do In Ajah
Enjoy The Outdoor Life
There are a thousand and one things to do in Ajah. It is one place that you cannot get bored of because of its collection of things to do. If you personally enjoy stepping out of the house, then you are up for the best times. From the beautiful seaside to the activities in the streets, you definitely can run out of ideas.
If you enjoy evening walks and like to admire sunsets and nature at its best, you should experience the ocean view. You can also go on a boat ride in order to feel the ocean breeze. You can get on a boat ride at the Badore Ferry Terminal.
Another thing you can do outdoor is play football. It is not unusual to see people on the streets playing football. In fact, it is one of the common things people do, especially at the Miami Football Pitch. Miami is one of the popular places in Ajah with also a good ocean view.
Go Shopping in Ajah
One of the interesting things you can do in the community is to go shopping. In fact, it is one of the activities you would enjoy doing in Ajah. There are a number of markets, stores, malls and supermarkets for you to shop from.
If you are the type that loves fresh fruits or vegetables, Ajah is definitely the place to be. You can almost get fresh fruits and vegetables everywhere (mostly by the roadsides). The things you can get are not limited to fruits or vegetables alone as you can shop for anything in the area.
There are quite a number of places you can shop from anywhere in Ajah. Some of these places include Blenco Supermarket, Eleganza Shopping Mall, Slot, Eko Farmer’s Mart, Celebrity Supermarket, Alesh Shipping Plaza, Ajah Shopping Mall, Essentials Shopping Mall among others.
This is actually shouldn’t come as any surprise. Considering the area’s proximity to the Lagos Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean, you should be ready to go swimming. It is not necessary you have to jump into the sea or ocean, there are a number of places you can go for a swim.
Miami is one popular place is Ajah with good waterfronts. There are also a number of places that you can go in for a swim. The L’ava Lounge and Megatron Gym are two of the major go-to place to have your heads in water.
Visit the Omu Resort
As part of the fun things to do within and around Ajah is visiting the Omu Resort. Though the resort is located in Ibeju Lekki, it is just about 20 – 30 minutes drive from Ajah. It is definitely the go-to place if you want to spend quality family time.
In Omu resort, there are quite a number of fun activities available for both adults and kids. These activities include archery, mini golf, wax museum, horse riding, zoo, amusement park, go-karting, quad biking, sea world, boating among other fun things.
However, it is important to note that all these fun attractions do not come cheap. Omu resort is relatively expensive when compared with other places. It is so because you are surely guaranteed value for your money. The lowest ticket per individual is N3000.
Where To Eat In Ajah
Lagos offers some of the finest dining experience in the country and Ajah is certainly not left out. In fact, it is a hub for some top restaurants and fast foods in Lagos. Like most places on the Lagos Island, you will always find somewhere to eat.
There are quite a number of top restaurants and fast foods within and around Ajah. So, you don’t have to stress yourself about where to eat. Depending on what you want to eat and your budget, there’s always that place you can go in order to satisfy your hunger. Here, you can get both local and international dishes.
Mega Chicken Ajah is one of the popular places where you can eat in this part of Lagos. There are also other nice places to eat from like Spice Bowl Restaurant, Bukka Hut, Priceless Restaurant, Sparkle And Berries Restaurant, Uptown Bar and Restaurant among others. Also, there are roadsides bukas if you are looking to spend low and eat cheap food.
By now, you should have ideas of things to do, popular places and what to expect in Ajah. Kindly share your experience in the area with fellow PropertyPro.ng readers.